Southern Ohiio Synod. Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

Giving Benchmarks

Proportionate giving of our resources is a biblical concept.  The funding strategy for the ELCA emphasizes the following benchmarks in proportionate giving.

Individual Members    

10% of income  (a "tithe")


15% of members' regular giving is shared with the synod


55% of undesignated gifts from congregations is shared with the churchwide organization. 

Regardless of where a member, congregation, or synod falls with respect to the benchmarks, WE ALWAYS SEEK TO GROW IN OUR GIVING. This is part and parcel of our spiritual growth as the children of God. We love because God first loved us. (1John 4:19) We give because God first gave to us. God has given us so much that we can't help but want to grow in our giving back to God.